Integrative and Complementary Practices: the Therapeutic Benefits of Aromatherapy and Chromotherapy


Integrative and Complementary Practices: the Therapeutic Benefits of Aromatherapy and Chromotherapy


Rubens Barbosa Rezende1 *, Larissa Teodoro2

1Santa Rita Faculty (FASAR), Conselheiro Lafaiete; 2 Institute of Health Sciences of University Paulista (UNIP), Campinas, SP.


Objective: To understand the availability and use of integrative and complementary practices by the SUS; as well as to evaluate two of the various therapy options, chromotherapy and aromatherapy, in relation to their effectiveness and benefits for patients.

Method: This is an integrative review of the literature available in the PUBMED and SciELO database, using the descriptors: “Aromatherapy”, “Chromotherapy” and “Alternative Therapy”, duly registered in MeSH/DeCS, using the boolean operator AND. Twenty-nine articles were found, 25 evaluated and, at the end, 11 selected to compose this review. The inclusion criteria were: complete articles, available free of charge, published in English, from 2012 to 2020.

Results: The inclusion of integrative and complementary practices (ICPs) in the Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS) was through the Política Nacional de Práticas Integrativas e Complementares (PNPIC), supported through the Portaria GM/ MS no 971, on May 3, 2006. Brazil is the country characterized as a world reference in the field of ICPs in basic attention.

Conclusion: However, several cases of use of chromotherapy and aromatherapy as alternative therapies to promote patient’s health, relieve pain and, among other unique symptoms in each case, were evaluated, and the therapies used proved their efficacy and safety for patients, as well as improved the quality of life of these people.


Keywords: Alternative Therapy, Aromatherapy, Chromotherapy, Integrative and Complementary Practices.

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Rubens Barbosa Rezende, Larissa Teodoro.Integrative and Complementary Practices: the Therapeutic Benefits of Aromatherapy and Chromotherapy. International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2021, 6:37. DOI: 10.28933/ijtcm-2021-07-2005


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